Orlando Jorge Mira: The Dominican Republic’s Environment Minister was shot dead by an international

The Minister of Environment of the Dominican Republic, Orlando Jorge Mira, on November 4, 2021.Manu Moncada (EFE)

The Dominican Republic’s Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, Orlando Jorge Mira, died Monday morning at the age of 55 after being shot in his office in Santo Domingo, according to presidential spokesman, Homero Figueroa, in a video posted to The Guardian. On the social network Twitter, the attacker was identified as Miguel Cruz, “the personal friend of the deceased minister”, who is in police custody and the Public Prosecution Office.

One of the sons of Deputy Minister Orlando Salvador Jorge Villegas, confirmed in a statement On behalf of the family, his father’s murder was “committed by a childhood friend who greeted him in his office”. “One of Orlando’s greatest legacies is not to hold a grudge,” he adds in the statement that they forgive the killer and trust the justice and the authorities, as well as demanding respect for his family.

The killing of Minister Jorge Mira occurred just before 1:00 p.m. on Monday (local time) and caused chaos in the ministry’s facilities, eyewitnesses confirmed to local media, who said they heard at least seven shots. “Everyone started running,” said Juan de Dios Librada, a Sabaneta municipal councilor, who was in the lobby of the minister’s office waiting to meet him. After the attack, workers were evacuated and ambulances, National Police and Special Operations Homicide Department agents arrived at the scene.

“On behalf of the government and President Luis Abenader, we express our deepest condolences to the Mira Villegas family on the passing of Environment Minister Orlando Jorge Mira,” the presidential communications director said upon confirmation of the death two hours later. Later, before the first reports of the attack appeared. Figueroa also announced that the attack was “under investigation” by the authorities. President Abenader, who at the time of the assassination was on his way to Los Angeles to participate in the Summit of the Americas, later spoke on his Twitter account expressing his condolences on the death of what he described as a “close friend”. “.”.

The son of former President Jorge Blanco, who ruled the Dominican Republic between 1982 and 1986, Orlando Jorge Mira was appointed Minister of the Environment in August 2020 by President Luis Abenader and was a member of a prominent family in the Dominican political sphere: in addition to his deputy, his wife, Patricia Villegas , is the Dominican Republic’s ambassador to Brazil and his sister, Delia Leticia Jorge Mira, is the Deputy Minister of Innovation, Transparency and Citizenship.

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After his appointment as minister, Jorge Mira said his mission was to work for sound environmental management and compliance with the constitution and laws, linked to transparency and public morals, according to the digital newspaper. Dialect.

Born in Santiago de los Caballeros, Jorge Mira was a founding member of the Modern Revolutionary Party (PRD), one of the main parties in the Dominican Republic, taught, was a television program producer and presenter and chaired the Dominican Institute of Telecommunications between 2000 and 2004, among others. other things. according to DialectSince his appointment as Minister of the Environment, more than 2,000 people and companies have been brought to justice, including: ex-militaries, active military, high-ranking businessmen, police, and others.

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